About Our Festival



Write By The Sea is a literary festival set in the intimate fishing village of Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. It offers a platform for established and emerging authors to explore and explain the process of writing for keen readers and would-be writers.

The programme for Write By The Sea includes a generous mix of talks, readings, interviews and workshops. Overlooking the picturesque Saltee Islands, the inspirational setting of Kilmore Quay is also an appropriate location in which to celebrate the international achievements of Irish authors and to encourage new writing across all genres.

Our 2019 line up of distinguished authors and presenters included Sara Baume, Dermot Bolger, Kevin Doyle, Catherine Dunne, Theo Dorgan, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Sinead Gleeson, Lisa Harding and Paula Meehan. In previous years we have had the pleasure of welcoming travel writers Dervla Murphy and Geoff Hill, authors Donal Ryan, John Banville, Jennifer Johnston, Kit de Waal, Cath Staincliffe, Rob Doyle, Cat Hogan and Peter Murphy; Marcus Connaughton, Rick O’Shea, Jackie Hayden and Tom Mooney; singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy; poets Thomas McCarthy, Jim Maguire and Joe Neal; playwright Billy Roche and award-winning children’s author Sarah Webb.

Write By The Sea workshops have included wide ranging tops such as: Breaking Into Crime Writing; The Essentials of Character Writing; Oral Storytelling; Getting Started in Writing; Approaching Publishers; Marketing your Book via the Internet; Writing Poetry; Writing for the Stage, tv and Radio, and Journalism (freelance, sports, music and general topics). Write By The Sea has become the place to be on the last weekend of September every year and is now a key event in the Autumn literary calendar.

Write By The Sea is kindly supported by our sponsors listed below.